oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - The melancholy of the forgotten : a Lyotardian affection

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



In the winter of 1949-50 Hannah Arendt, who immigrated to the United States in 1941, returns to West Germany to fulfil her commitment to the . It is her first post-war visit to her homeland, in a time in which she is no longer German and not yet American. "The Aftermath of Nazi Rule: Report from Germany", an article published in the American journal in 1950, is the printed testimony of that intense trip. The , while a minor article in Arendt's , nonetheless presents a number of remarkable observations made by a "young" thinker facing both the moral and physical devastation of her native soil - "a cloud of melancholy" in the heart of Europe as Arendt states.

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